JOHN OLSEN, DDS, MAGD, DICOI
FRANKLIN DENTAL
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FRANKLIN, WI 53132
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By Franklin Dental
December 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 31.6 percent of adults over the age of 20 have untreated dental decay. The root canallonger a patient goes without treatment for decay, the higher the chance of tooth loss. You don’t have to wait until a dentist diagnoses you with dental disease to take positive action. There are a few signs that you can look out for at home if you want to avoid serious dental issues in the future. If you notice these signs, make time to see your dentist Dr. John Olsen at Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI as soon as possible.

What Is a Root Canal?
Some dental problems can only be resolved by treating the inner parts of a tooth. A root canal is a procedure that dentists use to cure tooth infections that are caused by dental decay. Root canals also help patients who have experienced trauma to a tooth due to an injury. The only way to preserve the health of the tooth and keep it from eventually falling out is to thoroughly remove all diseased or damaged tissue. The sooner you see your Franklin, WI dentist for a root canal, the higher the probability that the tooth will heal.

Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Some patients wait too long to see a dentist for root canal therapy. Take note of the signs that you may have an urgent problem that requires this treatment:

- Your teeth hurt to the point where you have serious jaw pain and even headaches.
- You find yourself chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid discomfort.
- Unexplained sores are forming on the gumline.
- Bad mouth odor.

Preparing Yourself for a Root Canal
If you’re in dental pain, having a root canal will not worsen the discomfort—it will give you much-needed relief. Many people are anxious about this procedure, but many find that it isn’t that much different than having a cavity cleaned and filled. You and your Franklin, WI dentist will discuss sedation options to ensure that you have as comfortable an experience as possible. Before you know it, you’ll be back to enjoying your favorite foods and living without nagging dental pain. 

Make Time to Restore Your Dental Health
Your teeth matter, and you want to keep them for as long as possible. Root canal treatment will help you preserve your dental health. Call 414-425-7050 today to schedule an appointment at Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI with Dr. John Olsen.


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People mainly identify orthodontics with braces. But while they’re a major part of it, braces aren’t the only way this important dental specialty can make a difference in a person’s bite.

For example, orthodontics can help guide the development of a younger patient’s facial structure that could head off future upper teeth misalignment. The area of focus is the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth) that jointly make up a structure called the maxilla. The maxilla is actually formed by two bones fused together in the center of the palate along what is known as the midline suture running from front to back in the mouth.

The two bones remain separated until puberty, which helps accommodate rapid structural growth during childhood. But problems can arise if the upper jaw is too narrow, causing a “cross-bite” where the lower back teeth bite abnormally outside the upper ones. This can crowd upper permanent teeth and cause them to erupt improperly.

Using a technique called palatal expansion we can correct this abnormality if we act before the maxillary bones fuse. The technique employs a custom-made appliance called a palatal expander that attaches to the posterior teeth of the upper arch. Expanders have two halves joined by a small screw device to increase tension against the teeth to widen the jaw. A parent or the patient (if old enough) increases the tension by using a special key to turn the adjustment screw a tiny amount each day. This may cause minor discomfort that normally eases in a few minutes.

The patient wears the device until the jaw expands to the desired width and then allows the bones to stabilize in the new position. This can sometimes create a small gap between the upper front teeth, but it often closes on its own or it may require braces to close it.

While palatal expanders are not for every case, they can help normalize development and improve the bite, and thus preclude more extensive orthodontic treatment later. But time is of the essence: after the maxilla has fused, surgery will be necessary to separate them and widen the palate. It’s important then not to delay if your child could benefit from this effective treatment.

If you would like more information on palatal expanders and other orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders.”


By Franklin Dental
December 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  
4TipsforAvoidingDentalDiseaseWhileWearingBraces

Wearing braces takes time, but if all goes well the changes to your smile will be well worth it. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to contend with one particular difficulty—keeping your teeth clean of disease-causing, bacterial plaque.

Don’t worry, though—while keeping dental disease at bay with braces can be challenging, it is doable. Here are 4 tips for minimizing your chances of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease during orthodontic treatment.

Eat less sugar. Like any living organism, bacteria must eat—and they’re especially amenable to sugar. The more they have access to this favorite food source, the more they multiply—and the greater your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Eating fewer sugary foods and snacks and more dental-friendly ones helps restrict bacteria populations in your mouth.

Brush thoroughly. Brushing with braces can be difficult, especially in areas blocked by orthodontic hardware. You need to be sure you brush all tooth and gum surfaces around your braces, including above and below the wire running through the brackets. A soft multi-tufted microline bristle brush is a good choice for getting into these hard to reach places. Brushing around braces takes more time, but it’s essential for effective plaque removal.

Use flossing tools. Flossing is important for removing plaque from between teeth—but, unfortunately, it might be even more difficult to perform with braces than brushing. If using string floss proves too daunting consider using a floss threader or a similar device that might be easier to maneuver. You can also use a water irrigator, a hand-held device that sprays water under pressure to loosen and flush away between-teeth plaque.

Keep up regular dental visits. While you’re seeing your orthodontist regularly for adjustments, you should also see your general dentist at least every six months or more. Besides dental cleaning, your dentist also monitors for signs of disease and can prescribe preventive measures like antibacterial mouth rinses. Of course, if you see abnormalities, like white spots on your teeth or red, puffy or bleeding gums, contact your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner a problem can be addressed the less impact it may have on your orthodontic treatment and overall oral health.

If you would like more information on caring for teeth and gums while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”




Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

     

He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.

 

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